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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

WWPD South Operation Market Garden Mega Game BatRep (Day 1)

Hey y'all!  SonBae here posting a Batrep done by WWPD South's very own Dane Tkacs covering a Mega Game we held here in Huntsville, Alabama at the Deep Comics and Games from 17-18 September 2016.

From Dane:

Part 1 - A Bridge Too Far - Mega-Game

The Huntsville Historical Gamers (HHG) gathered on SEP 17-18 to recreate Operation Market Flames of War ruleset.  The HHG Mega-Game stretched over 5 tables.  The Mega-Game pitted 10 Axis players against 7 Allied players.  Each side had approx. 11,500 points for a mega-Game total of 23,000 points. Lists were chosen from the forces in Market Garden for the Allies or Bridge by Bridge for the Germans.
Garden using the

Operation Market-Garden, Field Marshal Montgomery’s plan to attack over the Lower Rhine into the industrial Ruhr Valley and capture the V-1 and V-2 rocket launch sites that have been terrorizing Britain.

Garden:  To represent XXX Corps, the Allies had:

2,060 points Irish Guards
2,060 points XXX Corps

In Addition, the Allies also received:
- Either 3, or 5  (depending on fog) dedicated aircraft sorties (for Close Air Support or Air Resupply) each turn.
- 8x 25-pdr battery, plus,  8x 5.5” batteries of Off table Artillery (Guns across the Volga rule) able to  range targets on boards 1 (Joe’s Bridge) and 2 (Son / Veghel).

Market:  To represent First Allied Airborne Army, the Allies had:

1,525 points British 1st Airborne Division
1,540 points US 82nd Airborne Division
1,540 points US 101st Airborne Division
1,045 points Polish Airborne Brigade
1,500 points British 52nd Airlanding Division

Relocated into Holland after fierce fighting in France, Army Group B was placed under the command of Generalfeldmarschall von Rundstedt who had been recalled from retirement on  4 September.   To represent the scattered forces of Army Group B, the Germans had:

1,565 points  KG Walther (6th Fallschirmjager Division)
1,065 points  KG Graebner (9th SS Panzer Division Recon)
1,500 points  KG Spindler (9th SS Panzer Division)
1,500 points  KG von Tettau
1,500 points  59th Grenadier Division
1,500 points  107th Panzer Brigade
1,500 points  KG Becker (3rd Fallschirmjager Division)
1,000 points  406th Landesschützen Division
200 points Nijmegen Garrison
140 points Best Garrison

In Addition, Germans also received:
- 1 dedicated air mission sortie (either air interdiction or Close Air Support) each turn.
- 8x 150mm sFH18 howitzers Off table Artillery (Guns across the Volga rule) able to  range targets on boards 5 (Arnhem) and 4 (Elst / Driel).

The Germans deployed in their rest and refit areas:


The Allies Parachute drop:





Turn 1

Irish Guards Advance!

German 6th Fallschirmjager react!


Turn 2

XXX Corps Arrives

LTC JOE Vandaleur calls in Air Support

101st  Airborne takes Veghel Bridge

82nd Airborne takes the Groesbeek Heights

1st British Airborne races to the Arnhem Bridge

The German Engineer Team reacts

German 6th FJ Trap Teams punish allied armor that gets too close to the woods

107th Panzer Brigade arrives

59th Grenadiers arrives

3rd Fallschirmjager arrives

KG Spindler arrives

KG von Tettau arrives


Turn 3

XXX Corps continues the fight


101st  Airborne takes the Bridge at Best

82nd Airborne attempts to flank the Germans through the Reichswald Forest

1st British Airborne races to the Heavadorp-Driel Railroad Bridge

Polish Airborne Brigade Lands:  Polish Commander has a “Sound of Music” moment and sings:  The Hills are alive with the sound of – Small arms fire….

52nd Air-Landing arrives in Arnhem Airfield

German 6th Fallschirmjager engages with the 88s

107th Panzer Brigade destroys all but 1 of the 101st AT Guns

59th Grenadiers in assault boats cross the Zuid-Willems Canal

3rd Fallschirmjager arrives

KG Graebner advances from Elst


KG Spindler advances cautiously into Arnhem

KG von Tettau advances into Heavadorp

Turn 4 

XXX Corps calls for all guns repeat

82nd Airborne digs in its Artillery

Polish Airborne Brigade moves to cover and concealment

52nd Air-Landing advances toward the Heavadorp-Driel Railroad Bridge

KG Graebner advances from Elst toward the Nijmegen Railroad Bridge

52nd Air-Landing advances from the airfield

KG Spindler advances further into Arnhem

KG von Tettau advances into Heavadorp

Turn 5 

XXX Corps continues the fight

82nd Airborne  fires on approaching 3rd Fallschirmjager

Polish Airborne Brigade defends against Graebner’s charge

52nd Air-Landing advances toward the Heavadorp-Driel Railroad Bridge

107th Panzer Brigade takes out a 101st Pack Howitzer Battery

59th Grenadiers advances toward the Veghel bridge

KG Graebner  advances from Elst toward the Nijmegen Railroad Bridge

KG von Tettau advances into Oosterbeeck

Turn 6

XXX Corps quote:  “this is the wide part”

101st  Airborne battling the 107th Panzer Brigade

82nd Airborne  - wait!  Where did those come from?

52nd Air-Landing engaging KG von Tettau

3rd Fallschirmjager places accurate fire on the 82nd Airborne

107th Panzer Brigade destroys the 101st Pack Howitzer Battery

59th Grenadiers advances on the 101st contesting the Veghel bridge

KG Graebner advances to assault the Polish Airborne

KG von Tettau engages the 52nd Air-Landing















Part 2 coming soon!  Stay tuned to see how it turns out...will the valiant British Airborne and Lowland Division boys hold on?  Can the Scrappy American Paras hold their ground till XXX Corps arrives!  Keep posted and find out!


1 comments:

Jorge Del Rio said...

Awesome write up, 82 airborne very cool

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